Working on a family home remodel, there is a 20 amp circuit with 12 gauge wire. Recently, at the end of the run, 13 LED can lights were added in an inaccessible vaulted ceiling with no attic space. The LED’s were added with 14 gauge wire.
The max load of the lights is a total of just under 2.0 amps. I have confirmed there are no devices downstream and it’s not practical that anything would ever be added downstream from these lights.
Other than to be code compliant or to reduce risk of hazard if overloaded, is there a compelling reason to actually rip all this out and rewire to 12 gauge? The remodel is not being inspected and the home is NOT being sold anytime soon.
This topic has been well addressed, I’m not looking for a debate of code and the obvious. The purpose of my question is to uncover any practical knowledge of why this IS or IS NOT a true problem in the real world of remodels. We will note the actual as-built issue to reduce the chance anyone ever attempts to add additional load on this 14 gauge branch of the circuit.